Thursday, 13.15-13.45

You can’t have AID without AI – The future of big data and application of Artificial Intelligence. Jacob Korenblum, Souktel Digital Solutions
This lightning talk will provide attendees with a snapshot into the value of artificial intelligence (AI) and its application in the future of M&E. Drawing on our technical knowledge and lessons learned from launching ICT4D solutions across the globe, we will provide an overview of the technology, detail possible applications, and close with a few cautions for early developers.

Session Details:

Historically, the M&E community has been skeptical to ascertain the value of AI as an advanced technology, which categorically fails to succeed in developing contexts. To debunk this theory, we will present scenarios where AI has the potential to thrive and launch unprecedented advancements in the aid sector. In the first case, we will detail the use of AI in big data; collecting massive, sparse data sets, impossible for human resources to cost effectively analyze. In the second case, we will present a scenario that leverages AI’s algorithmic capability to make global projections in a quantitatively intelligent manner; collecting current and historical data, systematically clustering and analyzing trends, resulting in early predictions. To close, we will cover the key points of caution, including human design requirements, resource considerations, and a potential “fail case” for implementers to be aware of.

Session Speaker:

Jacob Korenblum, President & CEO, Souktel Digital Solutions. Jacob leads Souktel’s growing team, building on his past experience managing economic development and emergency relief projects for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Fluent in Arabic and French, Jacob has worked in the aid and development sectors in the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. He is a frequent panelist on technology and development–with speaking engagements ranging from the GSMA Mobile World Congress to the World Bank Human Development Forum. He has written articles on mobile technology and development for the MIT Innovations Journal, CNBC Online, and UNICEF’s “State of the World’s Children” report, among others. His work as a Souktel co-founder has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company and the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Jacob holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University, where he also served as a Harvard Reynolds Foundation Fellow in Social Enterprise from 2005-06. Find more about Jacob here, on Twitter @MobileJacob and at Souktel Digital Solutions.